“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another?
We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person's essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Photographing people for me is a search for their essence and really getting to know the person to capture those moments when they're able to see themselves in their own photographs
Posted on November 7, 2016
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
A New live music showcase event has arrived in Joburg at the Hard Rock Cafe , named "Urban Music Sessions" , and if you're into urban music like Rap and hip hop then you better come check this out on the first Friday of the month.
So last year around this time the talented team from Formative approached me to shoot a show at The Dome…"We'd like you to shoot Cassper tomorrow night"...
So thinking nothing of it I scheduled the gig and then received a call the next day asking if I'd like to come do a scout and get a better idea of the lighting setup before the show...
It's only at this point that I realised my initial assumption that I was booked to shoot stand up comedian Casper De Vries, that I was totally off point…And man was I in for a treat and huge surprise at the fact that not only was this one of the biggest...
The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) recently moved into their new offices in Sandton and to celebrate decided to host investors and clients and treat them to two exclusive cocktail parties
Drawn to light was there to capture the events and ensure every moment and memory was captured for future recollection
Some highlights over the two nights..
So with silly season in full swing we've been rather busy and thus the lack of posts recently...
However, we're quite excited to share some of the exciting things we've been shooting once it's ready to release…watch this space
In the mean time some photos from the last corporate function we shot at the exquisite Val Bonne Country Estate
Heart Fm & MediaMark hosted various agencies for the day and put their cooking skills to the test for the Heart FM Agency Cook off
With advertising folk spending so little time at home it was quite a surprise that they manage to prepare anything...
Posted on October 10, 2016
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
"New Music Preview" is a brand new platform for local House , Hip Hop & RnB artists, It will be a monthly event happening on the first Friday ever month at Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg at Nelson Mandela Square.
This months event took place on Friday night featured some great artists.
#MissCelaneous #MegMafia #NinaNoble #TaylorJaye #DjCourtnaePaul #LilRed
#NewMusicShowcasePreview #ThisIsHardRock @nmspreview
Posted on September 19, 2016
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
We are lucky enough to have an excellent team of professional video editors but sometimes we also like to play and test things ,This particular video is the result of a set of experiments that we have been conducting with video lighting and editing.
Posted on September 15, 2016
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
So with Spring in full swing and October right around the corner, we start looking at raising awareness around serious issues with Breast Cancer taking the spotlight this time round
Hard Rock Cafe and Imperial Motors wanted to make heads turn and so decided to wrap three of their beauties in Pink, and these certainly drew attention
We were lucky enough to capture these early one morning at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton
So wether you take your top off or just keep it flashy, we can all take note of the suffering of those around us and perhaps just by having a little more...
Posted on September 14, 2016
by Neil van Schalkwyk
Mixology - the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks
So it's that time of year again for the Annual World Class Mixology Competition and this time round our local Jozi boy Dominique Walsh walked away with the South African title and was chosen to represent and make South Africa proud in Miami
With years of experience and co-founder of Molecular Bars which has changed the way people see and consume their cocktails, the international competitors have their work cut out for them!
Good luck Dom and no matter what happens we'll know you'll make us all proud
Herewith some of the best...
"Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way…" Alice in Wonderland
And The March Hare was anything but common.
When you find a place that leads you down the rabbit hole without any fear, but know that it almost certainly leads to fun and excitement to the max…then you know you've found home :)
You'll be sorely missed but looking forward to the new and exciting things Dom and the team from Molecular Bars are working on…Watch this space!
And who knows, you might...
Posted on September 6, 2016
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
This beautiful macrame jewellery is all hand made by a very talented designer Bronwyn Sherman, using precious metals like gold combined with different strings that are all knotted in decorative ways to show off the particular piece.
If you are interested in getting a piece they must be made ordered. firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the overwhelming response we had to our Oppi Koppi posts this year, we thought it would be a good idea to feature some of our earlier work where we managed to capture some international talent and some of the best local talent.
From Die Antwoord with Ninja and Yolandi capturing the worlds attention with their crazy antics, to Chevelle, Joav and Sonique and Tori Amos sharing her heart and sorrows through her melodies.
Not to forget about South African talent featuring local acts like Boo, Cassper Nyovest, Jimmy Niven, Mandoza, 340ml, Double Adapter and Hog Hoggidy Hog.
Herewith a compilation...
Radio 123 is a a super cool band that I just happened to catch by being at the right place at just the right time. Keep an ear out for them. here is s link to their soundcloud if you feel like giving them a listen.
So when our talented jewellery designer friend Minette Arlow asked us to capture some of her amazing pieces we didn't hesitate and with complete creative freedom managed to capture some amazing shots
Here's our take on it and go check out her work on Facebook Minette Arlow Jewellery
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle
And at Drawn To Light we're all about finding the essence of anything and everything we shoot
Taking the status quo of average day-to-day imagery and turning it on its head to make for more thought provoking photos and video
"Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of a kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words." - Laurie Anderson
Some more images capturing the gRRR Kollective sharing their magic and spreading the love with the masses at Oppi this year.
Happy Monday and a friendly reminder to "Save the Unicorns" ;)
So with all the excitement of the Olympics and our athletes causing quite the stir, I thought it was quite appropriate to post some photos we shot last time round to raise some awareness around the lack of sponsorship for our young up and coming athletes and the challenges they face.
The idea or concept was to feature these young athletes and showcase their less than ideal training conditions as a result of lack of sponsorship at grass root level
Hopefully with the amazing performance of our athletes currently it brings about some reform and we start encouraging programs and sponsorships...
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of going to Lesotho for my first Skiing experience, which was so so so much fun but while I was there I also managed to catch a few of these guys doing some really cool moves.
"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express" - Sr Francis Bacon
For those who know me they'd know I've got a fascination with all things old (antique), specially cameras :)
So for this shoot I wanted to combine old and new and take the viewer back to an older bygone era with moody lighting and props to suite the theme…
Although Karen made her first ever appearance in front of the camera for this shoot, she played the part perfectly and made for a great shoot altogether adding to the timeless beauty of these images
And cue music from Sir Mixalot...
"Oh, my, god Becky, look at her butt
It is so big, she looks like
One of those rap guys' girlfriends"
"I like BIG butts and I cannot lie…" :)
So recently we were briefed by Brand Cartel to capture some lifestyle images for their client Freddy Jeans
The brief included product shots, fashion, glamour and behind the scenes shots from latest Freddy Jeans range, accessories and Training outfits for an online campaign.
We spent the day on location capturing all shapes and sizes…though life…I know :)
These were the results
So last on our featured list of artists but certainly not least, we were fortunate enough to not only see them live but also capture them in action this year was Hunter and the guys from Thieve
Performing to a jam packed audience at the James Phillip Stage Friday night they sure didn't disappoint and left the crowd begging for more.
This Cape Town outfit sound sure is "Thick as Thieves"or so to speak and offered the eager party animals and dancers a good kick start to their evenings which most probably ended in an early morning stomp at the Red Bull stage…or for me at least it did ;)
The Sextons hit the main stage at Oppikoppi this year accompanied by some very high profile faces Tvi Karp and Lebohang Otukile doing some voguing , if you don't know what 'voguing' is then google it, coz it was awesome!
Bye Beneco, are one South African band that often stand out to me as unique and musically creative , they always put on a great show and this year at Oppikoppi was no different. They had the honor of being invited to play on the main stage, and this time shared the stage with them, a team of performing artists called the 'Grrr Kollective' which added a really interesting an entertaining theatrical dimension to their performance. All I can say is mind-blown!
Every year Oppikoppi , always manages to bring us a bunch of awesome new bands to check out. ONEDAYSKY was one that I had never seen before but they have a killer live performance.They are a pretty new band and had to replay one of the songs they already had played when the crowd at the Bruilof stage wouldn't let them leave without an encore.
So after my initial scepticism in having to part ways with our drummer the one and only "Storm Awesome" and see him pursue a band that would grant him his first on stage performance at Oppi. The first of many I'm sure, I was happy to see him spread his proverbial wings and give it horns ;)
And after shooting the okes from Satanic Dagga Orgy Friday afternoon, the move made a lot more sense to say the least...
From heavenly melodies Nun style, to chaotic and fun devil worship (LOL) :)
The operative word here being fun and lots of it, the similarities certainly started showing itself....
So Oppi's come and gone this year with the only reminder is the ringing in my ears and the dust that stills remains in every possible orifice imaginable...
And as always the line up and vibe certainly didn't disappoint drawing crowds in excess of 20,000 people this year alone!
Drawn To Light had the privilege and honour of shooting some of the best local acts both bands and performance artists this year.
The first to feature according to me is one of the most promising acts to come out of the South African music scene the cats from Silva Black.
With only 4 live shows under their belt...
"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun." - Charles R. Swindoll
Thank you again to Kerry & Shaun for always playing along with my crazy ideas, you guys rock like that!
And I trust one day you'll share these memories with little Murray and he'll know he's got the coolest parents ever!
Much love friendlies
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In our industry we're met with so many creative challenges and requirements, however our best work always come from creative environments where we're encouraged to have fun :)
After all…as Tom Ford puts it…"When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. I believe you can actually transfer that energy to material things as you're creating them."
Our work in this case speaks for itself...
Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don't see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence. - Eckhart Tolle
On the 16th of June 2016 The South African LGBT community gathered at the Babylon nightclub in Centurion, in support for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family & friends of the victims effected by this horrific incident.
Orlando Memorial Vigil...
At Drawn To Light no event is too big or too small for us to provide you both still and video coverage to get the most out of your event.
Some photos from The Medaishop event we covered last week.
It goes without saying that we love setting the stage with our larger than life photo booths ;)
Theme based sets are designed and with tethered shooting we do onsite branded printing so that guests remember your event…long after the hangover's worn off :)
When we tell people we document everything…we literally mean we leave no stone unturned and no moment uncaptured….As its your special day and obviously specific to you and your personality and those of your guests ;)
So if you're looking at tying the knot and would like us to capture all those "special"moments…drop us a mail and we'd be happy to chat...
It goes without saying, we capture everything else as we know how important remembering every single moment of your special day is…after all, all the effort is normally in all the detail ;)
We had the pleasure earlier this year...
"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live." —Gianni Versace
At Drawn to Light we're all about collaborating with individuals that strive for the same things in life, who live to express their individuality and stay true to themselves and real no matter what the prevailing trends might be .
Melanie Meyer (Designer) asked us to assist in capturing her new range in studio and we had the pleasure of shooting the beautiful Michelle Van der Nest (Model) adorning the beautiful garments.
“We no longer live life. We consume it.”
― Vicki Robin
This statement couldn't be more accurate and after all the madness that ensued with Mall of Africa's grand opening certainly rang true…
I suppose it's a good sign when economies globally are on a downward turn that locally consumerism still seems to be rive and South Africans still have disposable income in these tough times
Drawn to Light was there to capture the New Balance store opening and form part of all the exciting activities and to capture the excitement
Herewith some highlights from the day...
Good music, good vibes and of course only the best vodka to drink with Ciroc in the house.
Had the pleasure of shooting their activation at Cantare featuring DJ Dimplez on the decks.
Good times :)
So everything these days have become so specialised, and the mixing of your favourite cocktail is no different.
I had the honour yet again shooting the World Class Mixology Press launch some time ago and I'm still flabbergasted as to what an art mixology has actually become...
So highlights from the launch...
As I sit down to write the final post to my adventure I'm overwhelmed with emotion and at a loss for words…
It's been real and my words are just that.
And although I have so many more stories to share I'm afraid those will have to be shared in person as I'd like to take the opportunity to share my eternal gratitude
And that's exactly why I started the post with these two words.
Commonly used words or at least in my life and vocabulary, but words that sometimes I feel is so easily taken for granted or lost among sentiments and sometimes need to be repeated to carry...
With a week left I take some time to reflect on my journey and review just how far I've come...
Six new ways to say hello and 6 more to say goodbye...
Goodbye's however, never get easier...
But I've come to accept that some connections last for a mere moment and others for lifetime. Exactly why it's of paramount importance to culture an attitude of non-attachment rather than holding onto anything too tightly.
Taking lessons from past experience and planning for the future but finding a balance in the present.
So from enjoying the island life on Phuket and Phi Phi, to taking a breather...
Just over 10 weeks into our journey and approaching the final leg, we head south to Malaysia to catch up with an old friend :) And as always with good friends we carry on from where we last left off ;)
It's also here that we get our first taste of what a truly first world city is all about…But believe me, cleaner, faster and better isn't always best…plagued by corrupt leadership Malaysia is proof that the grass isn't always greener on the other side…the fence or wall in this case is just too high for the rest of the world to see what's really going on...
That being said, it's also here...
So after our week long love affair with Bagan we head South to Yangon to start our 10 day silent retreat only to find that we're not the only ones with this idea in mind...
To make matters worse it was also then that it came to light that the 10 day retreat is actually a 12 day retreat and that there was a slight oversight on our side in terms of our flight booking :(
So upon arrival; surrounded by fellow travellers from every conceivable corner of the planet, all with the same intention of learning more about meditation and Buddhism we're told that with us having to leave 2 days early we can't...
So just over 6 weeks into our adventure and we caught a flight into Yangon where we decided on making our way straight up to Bagan further North to go and explore some more temples before we embark on our 10 day silent retreat…And its here were we fell completely and utterly in love with a country so rich in culture and some of the most welcoming and honest people we've met so far...
The over night; bumpy train ride from Yangon up to Bagan, gave us our first taste of the beautiful landscapes and breath taking scenery. Living up to and exceeding every single expectation :)
With temples strewn...
So just under a month into our South East Asian adventure and with 3 borders crossed and passports stamped, we head off to the majestic city of Siem Reap :)
It's here where we found the magical, ancient city of Angkor Wat…nestled in the heart of the jungle, similarly to what it must've been centuries ago when this was a thriving civilisation…now obviously popularised as the backdrop for the infamous Tomb Raider movie, with Angelina unfortunately no where to be found...
Sunrise couldn't have been more magical and with temples by the dozens waiting to be explored we ventured out just in time...
So another week into our adventure and with a sad heart we say goodbye to the breathtakingly beautiful Loas…Not only have we enjoyed the very best cuisine Loas had to offer and seen some awe inspiring sites, we also met some of the nicest most welcoming people. Clearly living up to their mostly Buddhist believes of peace and harmony, with a temple hiding around every corner waiting to be explored.
From up in the North where we crossed over into Loas from Vietnam, where we had our first taste of the slow pace of life in the jungle in the quaint little town of Muang Ngoi, to the capital Luang...
So two weeks into our adventure making our way through South East Asia and Vietnam is behind us. Filled with so many stories good and bad, adding to our stories from our time back in "Nam" :)
Vietnam left a bitter sweet taste in our hearts and mouths, the food not exactly what we expected with 4 dishes really tingling our tastebuds and the rest leaving us more than unsatisfied…That being said our experience still included beautiful sites such as the incredible rice paddies up in the North in Sa Pa where we enjoyed a welcome break from the traveling in a home stay in a quaint little town...
Posted on December 21, 2015
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
On Sat the 12th Dec we had the privilege of shooting at the dome while these huge names in music were up there showing everyone there why they are so respected in the industry!
Raphael Raadiq, Mary J Blige & Maxwell, need I say more?
Posted on November 17, 2015
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
It was an early morning for Drawn To Light last friday shooting the Secret Sunrise JHB Volume 4 which was lot's of fun! Check it out! follow the link and book for the next one, if you wanna dance in the early morning sun on a rooftop at a secret location with cool people.#secretsunrise #drawntolight thanks for a really fun morning!
Also a big thank you to A. Girodo / (Gently, Spooky Horse) for letting us use your track for the video!
here is a time lapse of the fun!
Had the pleasure of shooting an incredible production on Saturday courtesy of Formative Bespoke Stage & Production Design…A show and production that left the 20,000 fans breathless and screaming for more! As Cassper eluded to half way through the show…"Who needs American artists to fill up our stadiums when our local talent outperforms them in such a way…"And I have to agree after seeing how much investment went into this performance with almost no sponsors or outside investment. Big up to local talent taking on the greats, feeling proud of what I've seen on Saturday and definitely think...
Posted on October 26, 2015
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
Caroline Borole is a theatre actress, singer and performer, we shot a portrait session on thurs and got some really fantastic shots as you can see she is natural in front of the camera and the whole session went brilliantly!
Give us a call or follow this link if you would like more info or to book a session.
Melanie Meyer (Fashion designer) from Viva La Vie Couture approached us to shoot her new range. The brief: Alternative Fashion shoot showcasing here latest range. So we approached our friends at The March Hare (Maboneng) for the perfect location suited to this brief and Frame Models got Christine VanInk to model the apparel. The result: another awesome collaboration and as always fun shoot and new friends :)
Here's some behind the scenes footage from the Eevee shoot we posted recently with the lovely Jusine Kosuplay who was dressed as an Eevee from pokemon.
Justine designs intricate cosplay outfits of all different characters, so should you be interested in a specific one then contact her.by following the link above!
Posted on September 25, 2015
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
Last week Drawn to light shot some interior photographs of the new Insignia Luxury apartments. The interiors are thanks to some brilliant work from the Design by Form team. The apartments are in Sandton and they look amazing! We will also be shooting some architectural shots once the building is complete.
If you would like to check out their website then follow the link below, or check out their facebook pages on the links above.
http://formdesign.co.za/ - Design by Form (interior deign team)
http://www.insignialifestyle.co.za/ - Insignia Luxury Apartments.
Posted on September 23, 2015
by Neil van Schalkwyk
Drawing closer to the end of the year Agencies and Corporates alike entrust Drawn To Light to capture and document their events and rightly so :)
Herewith some photos from the Gagasi & Heart FM hosted by MediaMark to highlight their latest collaboration for nation wide sales across their platforms.
To see how we can come and capture your next event, get in touch and we'll ensure to capture the moments and the memories for you ;)
moments and memories of your next function ;)
Posted on September 16, 2015
by Neil van Schalkwyk
Drawn To Light was recently asked to lend a helping hand to our friend Rikki Hibbert in shooting an exclusive event at the Saxon Hotel hosted by DSTV. We had the pleasure of meeting and shooting Gabriel Macht - AKA Harvey Spector from the hit series Suites.
At Drawn Photography we're always happy to assist and pride ourselves on spreading our passion, knowledge and experience built up over the years.
So if you're looking for photographers, videographers to cover your next event or just an assistant/back-up shooter on your next job, feel free to give us a shout and we'd be happy to lend a helping...
Posted on September 11, 2015
by Neil van Schalkwyk
So recently we posted a video for Green Beings and their collaboration with the Rise & Shine festival as the official Eco Partners (http://www.drawntolight.co.za/drawn-to-video-rise-shine-2015)
As part of the initiative Rise and Shine offered to give people attending the day the chance to give back by adding a R20 donation option to their ticket purchase. From that 50 trees where donated to Lion Park school located just outside Cosmo city.
So we followed Green Beings to see just how exactly they teach the children about planting trees for Arbour month and the benefits of looking after...
Posted on September 7, 2015
by Gavin Arnold Goodman
While the greater Drawn to light team has been handling video for some time now. Myself (Gavin) and Neil have both decided to post some of our experimentation work while we are hone our video & editing skills.
Here is an eeire, hand-held, documentary-style shortclip that we put together during a recent collaborative project.
This year we were asked to get some photo's & videos at Rise &shine festival In Collaboration with Green Beings.
We saw some amazing musical acts from Boo! - Bye Beneco - Mr. Cat & the Jackal - Float Parade - Urban Village Music - Sutherland - Go Barefoot - New Academics as well as lots of other cool stuff , we definitely recommend that you check out the next Rise &shine festival!
To see more of our photographs from the festival there is a link right here.
If you would like to know more about the fantastic work Green Beings are doing then follow the link below!
So when people approach us to quote on Photo booths it's kinda hard to explain why our booths are different than all the others out there without showing of our previous work…The reason our booths aren't you're ordinary plain back drop and logo in the corner is that we believe life size is better, firstly it allows more peeps to join in the fun and it also allows for bigger and better props. So depending on your budget we can do elaborate stage setups to your hearts content…so we literally set the stage according to your theme and all you have to do is bring the craziness. So for your next...
We were approached by Brandspark Agency to shoot some product shots for their client Accu-Check Active for a redesign of their catalogue and in-store posters. The process highlighted and shed some light on the importance of the briefing process and how crucial it is for the client to brief us with a conscience brief and shot list. This helps keep costs down and ensures the brief is met and clients are always satisfied with the end result. So speak to us today for any product shots you need done and we'll assist in making the briefing process a walk in the park and ensure to save you time and money...
Once again #drawntolight teams up with Angie make-up but this time Angie and I wanted to transform our models Lezaan Nel and Alexandra Stevens into something totally unique and here are a few examples of what we came up with.
So when my friend Minette Arlow tasked us with capturing her amazing pieces of jewellery, we tried our hand at jewellery photography and this was the result…just proof that knowledge of good lighting technique, strong concepts and interesting props goes a long way in capturing beautiful imagery ;) Speak to us today to see how we can shed light on your choice of subject…no matter what it is :)
Recently we had the privilege of shooting an exclusive corporate function for our client ABB at the prestigious Saxon Hotel…For coverage on your next corporate event give us a call and lets see how we can tailor our imagery to suite your specific needs...
So AfrikaBurn has come and gone yet again and it's time to get back to reality and all that comes with it…As always Tankwa still managed to conjure up it's magic in the things we've seen and experienced and the amazing people we've met…One thing that still blows my mind is peoples perceptions of the Burn…"It's just a bunch of hippies heading out to the middle of nowhere for a festival of epic proportions to burn things and get high"…Let me clear something up once and for all, this is not a festival, it's a temporary community and ideal we'd like one day to share with the rest of the world,...
This is the second part in this series of fashion shoots, This one also features our friend Frauke Ferber as the model/artist, this time Frauke takes on a different persona completely. The styling/make-up was done by our friend Angie van De Berg follow one of these links below if if you require her make-up skills!
The Drawntolight crew is venturing into new territory with a series of fashion shoots, This one in particular is featuring our friend Frauke Ferber as the model/artist, the styling/make-up was done by our friend Angie van De Berg follow one of these links below if if you require her make-up skills!